23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 24-02-2015 03:06

      Friday 20, February 2015

      Honduran artist helps Irlam community create colourful mural

      A SOUTH American artist, school children and volunteers have joined forces to create a vibrant ‘Blue bomb’ mural in Prince’s Park in Irlam. 

      The artwork is inspired by the designs of Year 7 and 8 pupils from Irlam and Cadishead High School in collaboration with Honduran painter Javier Espinal.

      These include butterflies, eyes, trees, a train from the former steelworks and the community hall which once stood on the site.

      Pupils from Irlam Primary School, Time Out Group for adults with learning disabilities and seven to 18-year-olds from Irlam and Cadishead Youth Centre have also braved the weather to give the shelter on Liverpool Road a splash of colour. 

      Fay Flatt, the Arts Officer from Irlam and Cadishead Neighbourhood Management Team, told SalfordOnline.com: “It has been a fantastic project for the young people who have been inspired by Javier’s art work.

      "The chance to work with a professional artist of his quality has been an outstanding experience.

      “Sport is obviously popular among young people and art is often overlooked so it is good to engage them with an art project and for them to be proud of their high quality work.”

      The project, which has received around £800 in funding through the Community Committee from Salford City Council, has also been financially supported from the Friends of the Irlam and Cadishead Parks and the Irlam Rotary Club.

      Javier Espinal, who has been involved in professional art for 28 years, has been in Europe for three months to deliver projects to youth groups and has sold his own work by exhibiting canvases in art galleries.

      The 47-year-old has already carried out similar projects in Manchester and Liverpool as well as several Italian cities including Turin, Milan and Rome.

      He told SalfordOnline.com that he was motivated to teach people about art to build solidarity where people are suffering in poor neighbourhoods and communities. 

      He said: “Art is a reaction against violence and a polar opposite. Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world so my art work is inspired by the collective work of indigenous people in Honduras.”

      The concept of the blue bomb was developed by Irlam pupils during art lessons to transform a violent weapon into a positive creation.

      After weeks of planning and several days of painting, the finished article is set to be complete by the end of next week.

      By Adam Higgins


      Published by Adam Higgins on 24-02-2015 03:06